Spring Cleaning

by Leandra Medine
April 7, 2014
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Dish gloves and windex and scarves, oh my!

Spring cleaning has felt much more like a self-fulfilling prophecy than it has a nod to old house tradition this year, which is probably because the technical initiation of spring has little to do with the meteoric occurrences of this moody planet. But there is something to be said independent of the actual cleaning process that makes simultaneously heavy and light of the annual purge, particularly when it comes to my closet.

For me, each piece of clothing is imbued with memories of our joint capers, and though we may not spend as much time together presently, I’m typically not eager to formally abandon the physical manifestation of those memories. Just because I’m no longer wearing a piece, doesn’t mean I don’t still love it.

But as a loyal supporter of the tenet that if you haven’t worn something in a full year’s time, you should get rid of it, it would be unbecoming to stay attached to pieces just because of the memories they harbor. Especially, I should add, because ultimately, I’m the one harboring their memories. The clothes are just ephemeral talismans. There’s also the reality that I will continue to add a few choice pieces each season.

With that in mind, I spent last Saturday lifting garments off the hangers that litter my closet, and sorting them into three piles: donations, family giveaway, and The RealReal.

I’ve been sending my wares to the luxury consignment site for just over five months and have found the process so easy — you either mail the pieces directly, or schedule an appointment for at-home pickup — that I’ve sent at least three pairs of shoes I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to, and at least one dress that would have been incredibly useful today.

But the real(real) reason I’m particularly pleased with the experience is that it addresses the two fundamental and opposing issues I have with my closet, which is that I love each piece, and simultaneously want to be less attached to my possessions. And the added bonus of making money while making space is a great (if ironic) motivator to pare down the wardrobe, even if I end up finding new pieces to fill that space.

Take the above photographed ivory Isabel Marant sweater, coupled with spring cleaning gloves – I traded in a grey fisherman’s sweater by Marc Jacobs for it. And the black crystal Valentino pumps? I may not have had a lesser version of those, but I did expel a pair of yellow sandals from my closet just last month and though I miss them, I’m confident that the new pumps and I will forge a fresh slew of memories between now and next spring, when we’re ready to consciously uncouple.

Part 1 of 1 in collaboration with The RealReal.

The RealReal is the one of the largest online luxury authenticated consignment stores, selling the likes of Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci up to 90% off. Should you also have an inclination towards fashion, cleaning, and cash, The RealReal is currently offering new consignors a $50 gift card to Neiman Marcus through April 30, and as always, consignors can make up to 70% of the selling price.

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  • Natali

    I’m also having hard times letting go of pieces of clothes, esp. if there’s an emotional story behind them, but I also can’t stand disorder that very often occurs in my closet, so I have learned to slowly let go of them.

    Regarding this outfit – I’m obsessing over that necklace and that sweater looks like the comfiest thing ever!

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

  • http://www.from-theLionsDen.blogspot.com/ Christine de Leon

    ugh those shoes are beautiful! too bad I have huge feet

    from – The Lion’s Den

  • Savannah

    Hey Leandra! Did you ever sell your blue Acne Alice platforms?

    • Leandra Medine

      I did!

  • Hannah B.

    Are we ever going to discuss culottes? I think we should.

    • Leandra Medine

      There is nothing more I would rather discuss.

  • Androbel

    haha this is funny. as always.

    I live in florida so no spring cleaning for me :/

    love the shoes by the way!

    Xo, Belen

    Androbel Insider

  • Quinn Halman

    I’m going to wear to skirts to one of the passover seders because right now my spring cleaning is removing dem bread products from my house

  • http://www.eyelikefashion.com/ Eye Like Fashion

    Stunning shoes and skirt! I would love to spring clean in this look!! And I LOVE to clean out my wardrobe. It makes space and clears any shopping guilt! LOL

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  • Oliver Lips

    Can I book you to come and clean my apartment dressed exactly like this? ;)

    http://www.lips2lagerfeld.com
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  • lavieenliz

    haha have fun cleaning the city!!

    giveaway on my blog

    http://hashtagliz.com

  • Letitia Elizabeth

    I struggle with closet attachment issues but spring cleaning can usually get me in a good mood. Good luck with your clean!

  • http://thenouvelliste.com kate

    if all forms and facets of spring cleaning involved the supplies being bejeweled in tom binns, i would be a lot more apt to give a care tidying up in the name of all that in spring!
    thenouvelliste.com

  • Angela

    I love this whole look, especially the shoes with that skirt! It’s funny, I just came across a series about “emotional spring cleaning” and one of the recommendations was a new wardrobe! So I now have permission to give this some serious consideration! Here it is for anyone interested: http://aprilbeyer.com/spring-cleaning-your-love-life-in-five-steps-starting-with-forgiveness

    In any case, @disqus_N33FSNcFV4:disqus, I’m just like you when it comes to emotional attachment to pieces in my wardrobe. I’ve slowly been learning to let go.

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  • Carmen L.

    Spring cleaning is such a chore, but after leaves such a great satisfaction!

    xo,

    Carmen

    thefashionreformation.com

  • http://mafaldadotzero.blogspot.fr/ Mafalda

    I wish I could look so chic when doing my cleaning! As for cleaning my wardrobe, I have no problems with it, I just sell all the stuff I don’t wear on eBay and I just buy new stuff. Simple as that!

    Mafalda ❤
    http://mafaldadotzero.blogspot.fr

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  • Kat

    I see skirt on skirt is your thing! You should make a contest for the best skirt on skirt look, I have not seen a lot of them at all! What do u think?

    katiquettestyle.blogspot.com

  • Shoshisky

    Beautiful!! Love the skirt on skirt action

  • Your look, My closet

    I feel ya, Man Repeller! Sometimes I think I’m border-line a hoarder because I hold on to my clothes without wearing them for a year, but do you ever feel that if you hold on to things long enough, the will come back in style? I’ve held on to things for years and randomly, take them out to wear them in a new way. It’s definitely easier said, than done. #Helpme with my hoarding problems! Just kidding (or am i?)

  • http://fashionmusingsdiary.blogspot.fr/ Miss J.

    I love the layering! I’ve not managed to layer skirts so far! Nice look!

    http://fashionmusingsdiary.blogspot.fr

  • http://www.orrblog.net/ Oroma Roxella Rukevwe

    I do love the skirt. I’m currently “spring cleaning” as welll. Though it’s been gong on since winter. Less is more sometimes.

    O. R. R.

  • Jane

    Every time I try to clean my closet I end up with a pile of clothes that are too nice to just give away. For the past five years I’ve kept them with the intention of selling on ebay, but I just never get around to it. The RealReal it is!

  • http://www.confettiavenue.com Charlotte Hartwell

    That mop has great hair.

  • http://www.res.se/blogg/londoncalling Cajsa_Lykke

    I love your posts and really like the Real Real (and wish they shipped to Europe!) but for some reason the fact that a lot of the posts on the site now are in collaboration with brands make me like the Manrepeller a little bit less, it just feels more like advertising than it used to :( Still think you’re amazingly creative tho, and a great dresser.

  • http://www.stylespectra.blogspot.com/ Isabella

    So funny…love these pictures
    http://www.stylespectra.blogspot.com

  • nx2

    Mmm you make so much moola already, why not just donate them?

  • Ruth

    Great idea!…I have a slew of clothes, hardly worn, (not designer necessarily but taggable stuff, you know, with Alligators and other appendable items), and a consignment shop nearby! Now why didn’t I think of this before?

  • http://thoughtsofglam.com/ ThoughtsofGlam

    I have a rule that every time something goes in my closet, something has to come out. There are exceptions of course but for the most part, I try and do this to keep me from hoarding absolutely everything I buy with the hopes I will one day wear it again.

    http://www.thoughtsofglam.com

  • Joanna

    Such good finds! I think cleansing your closet is so necessary at the end of every season. I find it liberating almost, like you said to not carry such a personal attachment to material posessions and let them live again in another closet. I live in Canada so a local place I like to use is http://www.mineandyours.co – super good selection of stuff and they work really similarly to the real real.

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  • Isabelle

    Why is it so cheap? I mean they can´t just sell it for 90% off just like that… Are they last season or second hand?

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